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#1 smakme7757

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Posted 22 March 2015 - 10:56 PM

Currently i have this equipment:

 

Canon 600D

EFS 18-135mm

 

It's our family's point and shoot camera, but I enjoy using it for more creative purposes. I'm a long way from being any decent photographer, but I'm getting better over time. Learning tricks here and there.

 

Currently I'm really keen on getting some good photos of the night sky here in Norway. The other night I went out and got some amateur photos of the Northern Lights.

 

https://flic.kr/p/rFq3ut

https://flic.kr/p/roWwfj

 

Now I'm keen on getting a photo of the Milky Way, but am considering maybe buying a better lens than the one I have now.

 

I've been reading online and some say this Macro lens is good for astro photography:

Canon EF 100/2.8 USM Macro

 

It costs more than the actual camera housing, but it also seems like it will fit, so it might be a good choice, maybe?

 

I'd rather have myself as the limiting factor rather than my hardware. But it might go down easier with the wife if i just buy a new lens rather than a new lens and a new camera :).

 

I'll most likely be buying from this place (Price Limit 6/7000 NOK):

Online Shop in Norway

 

So I'm really open to suggestions.

 

 



#2 smakme7757

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Posted 23 March 2015 - 11:16 PM

After some more research I think i might go for this one:

http://www.bhphotovi...1_4_dg_hsm.html



#3 Gas Lee

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Posted 24 March 2015 - 11:22 AM

Is there something particular drawing you to the Sigma Art series? 

 

If not, the lens I suggest to all new photographers is Canon's own Nifty 50:

 

http://www.bhphotovi...50mm_f_1_8.html

 

Brand new examples are 1/8 the price of the Sigma, or if you're willing to brave the second hand market you might try looking for the Mk1 version which is generally regarded as having superior build quality.

 

If you feel you need F1.4 then Canon's 50mm F1.5 is only $349 US

 

http://www.bhphotovi...ml/prm/alsVwDtl


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#4 sebbyreddan

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Posted 24 March 2015 - 01:00 PM

Cheaper in Brisbane....but I see you are in Norway so that is no help to you.

http://www.camerapro...lian-stock.html

Edited by sebbyreddan, 24 March 2015 - 01:02 PM.


#5 smakme7757

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Posted 24 March 2015 - 05:49 PM

Is there something particular drawing you to the Sigma Art series? 

 

If not, the lens I suggest to all new photographers is Canon's own Nifty 50:

 

http://www.bhphotovi...50mm_f_1_8.html

 

Brand new examples are 1/8 the price of the Sigma, or if you're willing to brave the second hand market you might try looking for the Mk1 version which is generally regarded as having superior build quality.

 

If you feel you need F1.4 then Canon's 50mm F1.5 is only $349 US

 

http://www.bhphotovi...ml/prm/alsVwDtl

Really good tips. I appreciate the input.

 

The 50mm 1.8 was extremely cheap :).

 

I searched online for a few hours after reading your post. I couldn't find any local distributer with the "Canon's 50mm F1.5", so i ended up buying the 50mm 1.4f USM which was under half the price of the sigma. Quite a few astrophotography sites had it listed as a quality lens both for astro photography and allround use.

 

 

Cheaper in Brisbane....but I see you are in Norway so that is no help to you.

http://www.camerapro...lian-stock.html

Unfortunately not :(


Edited by smakme7757, 24 March 2015 - 05:50 PM.


#6 Gas Lee

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Posted 24 March 2015 - 05:55 PM

Typo on my part, the Canon 1.4 was the one I meant.


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#7 smakme7757

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Posted 24 March 2015 - 08:24 PM

Typo on my part, the Canon 1.4 was the one I meant.

I thought that might have been the case.

 

It should arrive tomorrow.



#8 smenkhare

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Posted 26 March 2015 - 02:20 PM

Do you have a tracking mount? If not you'll want a short fast lens.



#9 The Tick

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Posted 09 April 2015 - 03:40 PM

I found this site to be excellent for lens selection, tips etc ...

 

http://www.lonelyspe...lky-way-galaxy/

 

I have a Samyang 14mm 2.8 but usually just use my Canon 16-35 2.8 which I took to Iceland with me.

 

Following the guide listed above, this was one of my practice session before heading off overseas.

 

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Edited by The Tick, 09 April 2015 - 03:40 PM.

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